Anna Kertesz has practiced antitrust law in both private practice and at the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). She has extensive experience in merger clearance, counseling, and civil and criminal litigation.
Previously, while at White & Case, Anna regularly defended the Firm's clients in proposed and consummated mergers before the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) and the FTC in a broad range of industries, including healthcare, food products, foodservice, petroleum, and technology. She also defended government allegations of price-fixing and bid-rigging in various industries, including transportation and construction materials.
Most recently, as an attorney at the FTC, Anna led or was actively involved in numerous in-depth merger investigations in the oil & gas and pharmaceutical industries. Her involvement spanned various aspects of complex merger investigations, from conducting the initial investigation through obtaining consent agreements. Anna also has experience in market manipulation enforcement activities relating to conduct in the oil & gas industry.
Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., in its acquisition of cystic fibrosis drug, CTP-656, from Concert Pharmaceuticals, Inc., for up to US$250 million.
Anthem, Inc., in its US$54 billion acquisition of Cigna Corporation.
XO Communications, LLC in its US$1.8 billion sale to Verizon Communications.
Liberty Dialysis in its acquisition of Renal Advantage in 2010 to create the third largest US dialysis provider, and represented Liberty Dialysis in its US$1.7 billion acquisition in 2012 by Fresenius, the largest US dialysis provider.
Grupo Bimbo in its US$949 million acquisition of Sara Lee Corp.'s North American bakery business.
Pilot Travel Centers LLC in its US$1.8 billion acquisition of Flying J Inc.'s travel plaza business before the US FTC. Recognized as one of "The Most Innovative M&A Transactions in the US in 2010" by the Financial Times and named "Turnaround Deal of the Year (Large Market)" and "Divestiture Deal of the Year" for 2010 by The M&A Advisor.
WebCT, Inc. before the DOJ Antitrust Division in its merger with rival Blackboard, Inc.
Revised Horizontal Merger Guidelines, One Year In, The Deal Magazine, April 2012, (with Noah Brumfield)
Three Rules and a Constitution: Consumer Protection Finds Its Limits in Competition Policy, 72 Antitrust L.J. 943, 2005, (co-author)